Beatty, Maurice E., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 351st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
351st Bomb Squadron
Thorpe-Abbots, United Kingdom

Casualty Date
Oct 10, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Fairmont Cemetery - Jackson, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)100th Bombardment Group, Heavy351st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 100th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 351st Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Maurice Eugene Beatty was born in Cove, Ohio on November 2, 1921. His parents were Ira T. and Alice Mary Hunter Beatty. The US Census 1930 lists the family in Scioto, Ohio and the 1940 Census shows Beatty living in Portsmouth with his brother.

Beatty enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces at Charleston, West Virginia on April 2, 1942. His enlistment record shows he had completed 4 years of high school, and was in the stenographic-typist field of work.

He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a pilot. After completing this training, and moving to multi-engine aircraft, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and given a crew for crew training. This crew arrived in England on September 6, 1943, and flew 9 completed missions.

On October 10, 1943, they were scheduled for the 10th mission - a bombing raid at Munster, Germany. Over the target area, the aircraft was hit by flak while under attack from enemy aircraft. The aircraft exploded in mid-air. Luftwaffe records credit the shoot-down to Feldwebel (Sgt) Erick Mattern, flying a BF-109 from JG 1/8. The aircraft crashed in Holland.

Six bodies were recovered from the crash scene. Sgt Young was found in the Waal River near Arnheim the next day. His remains were buried in the cemetery at Dooracberg the next day. Sgt Licato's body was recovered from Dutch coastal waters, and he was buried on October 13, 1943, along with everyone except Young in the Muenchen-Gladburg Cemetery in graves 349 to 355.

All were later recovered, and moved. Young was moved to a cemetery in France, while Loguidice was sent to Margraten, Holland. Licato is on the Walls of the Missing at Margraten. All others were returned to the U.S. for family burial. Lt Beatty today lies in the Fairmont Cemetery in Jackson, Ohio.
US Census 930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records
Headstone Application for Military Veterans


Lt Maurice E. Beatty was performing duty as First Pilot on B-17F # 42-30087, named "Shackrat," assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 1026 was issued for this loss. Crew rosters and memos show the crew as:

2 Lt Maurice E. Beatty  p
2 Lt James B. Dabney, Jr.  c-p
2 Lt Grady Mohle  nav
2 Lt Reid E. Griffiths  bomb
TSgt George C. Burgess  eng/tt gun
TSgt Alfred Loguidice  r/o
SSgt Morton Levine  btg
SSgt Angelo J. Licato  rwg
SSgt Edward C. Karamol  lwg
Sgt   Smith J. Young  tail gun

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgt Smith replaced the original tail gunner, SSgt John Rupnick, who was wounded in action on October 8, 1943.

Lt Dabney and SSgt Karamol were both captured.

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